There exist histories that can be neither transmitted nor ignored: only re-opened, by dealing with something that refers to the past and yet still insists on the surface of the present – like a ruin. Starting from a sentence («not a story to pass on») obsessively repeated in the epilogue of Tony Morrison’s novel Beloved, and passing through, respectively, a series of Walter Benjamin’s well known fragments, a more recent book by W.G. Sebald and a postcolonial perspective on ruination suggested by Ann-Laura Stoler, the article explores the possibility of a political interpretation of ruins. It questions their anachronistic persistente and suggests we conceive of them as living entities whose specific affordance may subvert both history and its narration.
|Titolo:||Not a story to pass on. Appunti per una teoria delle rovine|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2017|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01.01 - Articolo su rivista|